Ceramic Patchwork by Zoe Hillyard at Unravelling Uppark

I've been meaning to feature Zoe Hillyard's Ceramic Patchwork on Design Hunter for some time. Last week I'd planned to write about the the work she is currently exhibiting at Uppark House, a National Trust property in West Sussex, but somehow Clerkenwell Design Week and other events got in the way. Writing this post now, in the aftermath of the awful fire that ripped through Glasgow School of Art last week, the story behind Zoe's work seems to have a particular resonance.

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Store Spotlight | Dinosaur Designs

Australian jewellery and homeware brand Dinosaur Designs is set to land in the UK this summer when the company opens its first UK store in the Ham Yard urban village redevelopment in the heart of Soho. Revolving around a tree filled garden that will include personally selected retailers and a restaurant and bar alongside the Kit Kemp designed hotel, Ham Yard will be Firmdale Hotels' eighth London property.

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Textiles woven from Himalayan giant nettle

At Clerkenwell this week Studio 23 presented textiles woven from Himalyan giant nettle, known as Allo.

Smilar to linen, the fabric is made by weavers from a small, remote mountain village in eastern Nepal. Fibre taken from the stem of the nettles is hand spun and made into textiles which are then traditionally used to make sacks, bags, straps, jackets or knotted fishing nets.

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Design Hunter loves...

...this minimal Japanese briefcase style bag.

Created from a special type of hard-to-tear paper called 'Naoron' made using recycled polyester fibres from used plastic bottles and textile products, the bags are soft and flexible, water resistant and designed to hold up to 10kg worth of contents.

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Lighting highlights from The May Design Series

It was the lighting design that most captured my interest at this year's May Design Series which opened yesterday at ExCel in London and runs until tomorrow.

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Sunday Edition

Here's this week's edit of some of my favourite images, inspiration and writing from around the web.

Have a lovely Sunday.


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18 thought provoking quotes from antiquity that could have been written today.

Penny Martin on her role as Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman, the magazine's DNA, and why she thinks the future won't be about social media.

Skandium have launched a magazine.

"The prospect of owning yet more has lost its lustre." Are you part of the pay as you live generation?

Silence, secrecy and subterfuge - the increasingly uphill struggle small independent retailers face against the high street giants.

"The world is drowning in cushions" - textile graduates should team up with product designers to create more relevant products, says Polly Leonoard, founder of Selvedge.

Medieval meets Brutalist - a style guide from The Taste Setters.

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Style Radar | May

There's lots happening this month so here's a quick round up some of the the news, products and events that have made their way onto my radar recently.

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